Winter still above 9000 ft!!

update 4/2/17 Mammoth has set records for snow – over 550″!  Not about to melt any time soon! Kennedy Meadows mostly bare ground now, but snow still happens!! In spite of how warm the weather may be, it’s still NOT spring in the Mountains!!  Enjoy...

Flowers!! 2017

update April 2, 2017 Flowers – Antelope Poppy Preserve fantastic now – maybe for a couple of weeks.  Don’t wait too long.  Ave D great. Ridgecrest –   Nice stuff south of town, in the Rademachers.  Aqueduct roads good now, Short Canyon gone,...

Where can we see Giant Sequoia Trees?

NOT up the Kennedy Meadows road, NOT on the Kern Plateau – !!  Yes, it’s called Sequoia National Forest – but the big trees are on the west side of the Sierra Nevada range in Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park,  and Giant Sequoia...

Fee Free days in National Parks 2016

The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and we want everyone to join the party! On 16 days in ’16, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free...

Sequoia National Forest winter closures

Sequoia National Forest Winter closures simplified. Now Closed: Roads Greenhorn Mountains: Forest Highway 90 from Hwy 155 to Mtn 50. Western Divide Ranger District: Parker Pass, Western Divide Highway, and Mountain 99 north of Johnsondale.   Kern Plateau: Sherman Pass...

Watch the weather!

The wild thunderstorms that happen throw lightning – if you see lightning, is you hear thunder, go indoors or find cover!  Lightning can travel 10+ miles from its cloud!!    Shelter from the  wild rains and hail below those dark black clouds.  Doesn’t last...

Where can I take my dog??

It’s fun to take Fido with you, but they’re not always allowed to go many places on public lands with you.  This is a great summary – http://wilderness.org/blog/which-public-wildlands-can-i-visit-my-dog-answers-here Meanwhile, flowers in the Indian...

Fancy terms

Photosensitivity – flowers that respond to changes in intensity of light – Poppies won’t open if it’s at all cloudy (or windy).  Dandelions close early afternoon, open late morning.  Evening Snow opens late afternoon, closes when the sun gets...

Snow!

Down to about 5000 ft. in our southern Sierra, and down to about 6000 ft. in Death Valley – so… Road Conditions from 2/28weather: North Pass (Saline Valley) …. CLOSED due to deep snow. Big Pine & Eureka Dunes Roads …. not recommended due to...

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